You may not have given any thought to how websites use data to improve their services, measure how popular the site is, or make sure that you receive content or digital adverts of interest to you.
These processes require information to be collected and processed. This commonly includes information about the devices you use (such as laptops and mobile phones), your location and information obtained from your browsing activities. This information is collected using cookies (small files of data sent by a website) and other similar technologies such as tag, pixels and device identifiers which are deployed on or collected from your device when you land on a website or access content through a mobile app.
This policy also covers the cookies that we or our third party providers place in our marketing emails. These cookies help us to understand which emails are opened, which are ignored, and which types of content prompt people to click through to our Site.
The types of cookies that we use:
- Strictly necessary cookies: these are cookies that are required for the operation of our Site. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our Site.
- Analytical and performance cookies: these allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our Site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our Site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and anonymous (i.e. we could not identify you as an individual using the data).
- Functionality cookies: these are used to recognise you when you return to our Site. This enables us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences. For example, if we know that you are interested in a specific topic, we would present this prominently on the Site for you.
- Targeting cookies: These cookies record your visit to our Site, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our Site and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties (such as our third-party advertising partners) for this purpose.
Some of the cookies that we use are deleted when you close your browser. These cookies are known as 'session cookies'.
Some other cookies have a longer lifetime (which varies cookie by cookie) and will be stored on your device until their expiration date. These are known as 'persistent cookies'.
Third party cookies
Third parties may also place cookies on our Site.
For example, we may use ad pixel cookies (such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google) to help optimize ads, measure our ads' results, and for creating website visitor ad audiences.
When you access our Site for the first time you will see our cookie consent mechanism which describes the types of cookies we use and what information they might collect. We will not place (and we won't permit third parties to place) cookies other than "strictly necessary" cookies on your device or browser when using our Site unless you have told us that you are happy for us to do so using our cookie consent mechanism. You can update your preferences at any time by changing your cookie settings in your browser. Every browser is different, we suggest that you look up the ‘help’, 'options', 'preferences' or similar menu of your browser to see how to change the cookie settings.
You can also block cookies by using your browser settings. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Site.